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South Carolina mother loses custody of her daughter

Most parents want the best for their children, but it is not always easy. Childcare is expensive and many families struggle to earn enough to make ends meet. It can be tough enough for two-parent families to balance their working lives with the cost of supporting a family. Imagine the strain on single parents who still need their child to be cared for, but may not have the income to hire anyone. This can occasionally lead to complicated child custody cases as a loving and otherwise suitable parent may lack the means to care for their child.

For one woman in South Carolina, such a situation has taken a horrible turn. After allowing her daughter to play in a park unsupervised while she was at work, she has been arrested. Furthermore, the Department of Social Services has taken her daughter into their care.

Previously, the 9-year-old girl had accompanied her mother to work at McDonald's. She would then play on a laptop during her mother's shift. Unfortunately, that laptop was stolen. The child allegedly asked her mother if she could play in the park instead. Her mother agreed, equipping her with a cell phone and dropping her off at the park.

The park was usually filled with children of around the same age. However, on the third day there, the little girl was approached by an adult who asked where her mother was. On hearing her response, the adult in question called the police, ultimately leading to the mother's arrest. The situation has sparked significant debate over whether this was a just decision, with many feeling it was an overly harsh outcome that may have needlessly traumatized the child.

Ultimately, in any of these cases, the necessity is to decide on an arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. It is always sad when families are broken apart, especially if it comes as the result of a well-intentioned action. If you have concerns about the custody of your child, an attorney could be invaluable. He or she can help you present yourself in the best light in order to improve your chances of securing an arrangement that benefits both you and your child.

Source: Business Insider, "Support Grows Online For Mom Who Lost Custody Of Daughter After Letting Her Play Alone At A Park," Corey Adwar, July 16, 2014

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